Qualified teachers’ pay scales

11th January 2017 at 14:15
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Your salary as a qualified teacher depends on where you teach and your place on the pay scale. Find out what you could, or should, be earning in 2016-17.

As a classroom teacher at a state school, your salary will depends on your place on the teachers' pay scale. From 2016/17 this could range from £22,467 for newly qualified teachers outside of London, up to £115,582 for headteachers in inner London.

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The main pay scale

As a classroom teacher you’ll start on the main pay scale, which ranges from point M1 to M6. Newly qualified teachers usually start on point M1, although other teaching experience may push you higher up the scale.

Schools may also award discretionary points for other relevant experience. Each school’s pay policy should explain how these points are awarded.

On the main pay scale your salary will most likely start on M1 (£22,467 – £28,098) and can increase to M6 (£33,160 – £38,241)*.

The upper pay scale (post-threshold)

Qualified teachers who reach the top of the main pay scale can apply to cross the ‘threshold’ to the upper pay scale, which ranges from point U1 to U3.

To qualify for post-threshold pay teachers have to meet criteria set out in the school's pay policy based on government criteria. 

On the upper pay scale your salary will range from U1 (£35,571 – £43,184) and can increase to U3 (£38,250 – £46,829)*.

More on the post-threshold pay scale

Getting a pay rise

All teachers are awarded a pay rise when the pay scales and allowances are updated. Subject to satisfactory performance, each September, teachers on the main pay scale move to the next point on the scale.

Teachers who have recorded excellence performance may even advance by two points.

Additional payments

Qualified teachers may also be eligible for additional payments on top of  their regular salary.

Special educational needs (SEN) allowance: If you work with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an allowance of between £2,064 and £4,075 a year.

Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments: If you take on more responsibilities you may be entitled to additional payments.

More on additional payments for qualified teachers.

*Salaries vary due to location. Figures shown are for 2016/17, and are revised annually.

Please note: The teachers' pay scales listed apply to teachers employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation, voluntary aided or foundation special school. Academies and free schools are not legally required to implement the pay scales, so it is best to request to see their own pay policy.​

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